Eighty of the area’s best high school basketball players were placed in one gym today from 9:30 am to 4:30pm, the area being the “DMV” which consists of D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. It wasn’t limited to only upperclassmen as the area’s best sophomores were in attendance as well, the classes on display were from 2014 to 2016. This event gave these players an opportunity to play against and with their peers, getting a chance to really go at it and go at it they did!
DMV Elite put together a great program from start to finish, the entire day was mapped out and kept the players moving all day long. The day started with stretching and warm-ups to get loose, the 80 players were then divided into four different groups in terms of their positions. Those groups being Point Guards(1’s), Combo Guards(2’s), Wings(3’s & stretch 4’s), and Post(5’s). They were worked out by several coaches and trainers; including Amrit Rayfield, Melvin Abrams, Xavier Joyner, Frank Porter, Jamal James,Brian Inge, Mike Bozeman, Will Maynard, Brian Scott and Damien Jenifer. The drills seemed to all have a true purpose, providing several teaching points at each station. They worked on overall fitness, post moves which provided a few highlights, defensive spacing and closing out on shooters, ball handling, shooting, and more. From the highly touted Seniors down to the fresh faced Sophomores, these drills were extremely competitive.
Once the skill work was done, the players were split into their teams(Eight total) and hit the court to put their talents on full display in a game setting. There were several players that stood out during the games, some were expected and some sleepers that definitely opened eyes. The games were taken seriously, both by the coaches and officials. Each game was 20 minutes long, including two ten minute halves and a one minute halftime break.
Maryland Terrapin commits Dion Wiley and Melo Tremble came as advertised; they played off of each other very well and often took turns being the “lead” guard. When Tremble was hot, Wiley took the back seat to facilitate and vice versa. Miami Hurricane Commit James Palmer is a talented guard as well, he displayed a smooth offensive game and gave no reason to doubt why Miami recruited him heavily. Standing at 6’8, Dwayne Morgan looks the part of an athletic wing on the next level. Morgan is headed to UNLV next year and showed off his versatility today, he also displayed a rather confident stroke from deep. He was routinely flying up the court in transition and finishing, yet another 6’8 wing added to UNLV’s collection. William & Mary should be proud of their newest additions in Paul Rowley and Greg Malinowski, both players were solid in drills but really stood out during team play. Greg appeared to be a solid shooting guard, he was able to knock down open shots and had the ability to put the ball on the floor. Rowley was more of a true stretch four, he hit the glass, scored with his back to the basket and stepped out and hit a couple of mid-range jump shots. Tim Bond is just a scorer, the kid got it done in a myriad of ways. The Jacksonville University commit displayed his ability to put the ball in the basket early on in the drills, that translated smoothly over into the games. Everyone of these players is ready to finish their high school careers with a State Championship, so don’t expect any of them to rest on their laurels now that they have committed to their schools on the next level.
Obi Enechionyia will be attending Temple University next year, they are receiving a very versatile big. Obi stands 6’9 and seemed to finish around the basket very effortlessly. That stood out in itself, the bonus was his ability to step out and knock down three point shots as well as put the ball on the floor in stretches. An extremely smooth athlete, that makes it look so easy. Temple definitely deserves to pat themselves on the back, keep an eye on Obi as he finishes his senior season and during his freshman campaign at Temple. Class of 2015 point guard Justin Jenifer solidified his status as one of the best guards in his class. Jenifer did a great job walking the line of running the team and scoring when needed. He kept his head up all the time which resulted in easy baskets for his teammates, often passing the ball up ahead to teammates for quick buckets before the defense would set up. Jenifer is a pick-and-roll maestro, no matter the situation he always seemed to make the right read and decision. Kevin Dorsey, a guard in the 2015 Class is a very solid player. He doesn’t seem to jump out as a top tier player, but he impacts the game in so many ways. He is a player that seemed to just have a nose for the ball on the defensive end and did whatever was asked of him offensively. Andrew Robinson can really fill it up, a senior shooting guard at Springbrook. Robinson has a great looking stroke from beyond the arch, but it doesn’t stop there. His full offensive game was on display, he was able to put the ball on the floor to beat his defender, knock down open jump shots, not to mention the ability to get create separation to get his jump shot off. Potomac’s DayJar Dickson was a walking pogo-stick; during one of the drills for big men, Dickson blocked four consecutive shots. He made an impact on both the offensive and defensive glass during his short stint playing, he had to sit out after a blow to the head(Concussion precaution). The last player that truly stood out to the My Mind on Sports Staff was Class of 2016 shooting guard Craig Lecesne. It didn’t take long for him to show what he had that separated him from his peers, he’s a shooter in every sense of the word. His jump shot looked the same at 9:30 am as it did at 3:30pm, effortless and smooth, not to mention effective. Lecesne must continue to get stronger as he was able to be bullied by older players at times, but he was able to come off screens and knock down that beautiful jumper of his. He’s a sophomore, so get out to St. James and watch this kid shoot the lights out before he’s gone!
Event Coordinator Edgar Walker and Editor in Chief Marcus Helton shared their thoughts on the event in an interview that will be posted on www.mymindonsports.com in the next 24 hours. Both Walker and Helton were happy with the event and thought that it turned out very close to how they envisioned it months ago. The day culminated with a Three point shootout and Slam Dunk Contest. Andrew Robinson won the Three point contest in exciting fashion while Tim Bond breezed his way to victory in the Slam Dunk Contest. Awards were also given out at the end of the day, the biggest being that of Camp Most Valuable Player. Class of 2015 Point Guard Justin Jenifer received the award to the surprise of no one.
For more information on future DMV Elite Events, visit their site at http://dmvelite.com/